Ignitions Progressing on the Amole Fire

Location:  Carson NF, Camino Real RD, between the Amole Group Shelter and FR 442

Date detected: September 2         Cause:  Lightning

Size:  approximately 85 acres        Fire behavior:  creeping

Vegetation:  ponderosa pine, mixed conifer

Resources: 70 total personnel, including 2 crews, 2 engines, 1 wildland fire module

Taos, NM – Sept. 7, 2019 – Carson National Forest fire managers continue to focus along the northern perimeter of the Amole Fire, near Forest Road 442, where crews successfully completed roughly 75 acres of firing operations yesterday. Today, if conditions allow, crews plan to continue hand ignitions within the focus area while reinforcing and securing control lines around values at risk. The Carson National Forest is managing the lightning-caused Amole Fire on the Camino Real Ranger District within a 2,123 acre focus area. Fire managers are employing these tactics to allow the fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem, promoting a more fire resilient landscape.

Smoke is likely to become more visible over the coming days as firing operations continue. Smoke may be visible from Peñasco and the Taos area and may impact Highway 518. Smoke may drift and settle in the Peñasco and Taos area during the evening and morning hours. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. For information on air quality and protecting your health, please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.

For firefighter and public safety, the Carson National Forest asks the public not to use trails located near the Amole Fire.

Highway 518 is open; however, drivers should be cautious due to increased fire traffic and firefighters working along the roadway. Members of the public are welcome to call the Camino Real Ranger District for additional information at 575-587-2255, or visit the office at 15160 State Rd. 75 in Peñasco (Monday through Friday).



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